Latte Portraiture and the Willy Wonka of Coffee

Meet the barista whose drawings take steamed milk foam to the next level.

Sure, an adorable, foamy heart in your chai latte makes for a (somewhat standard) Instagram photo, but it doesn't compare to the Manhattan skyline.

For Mike Breach, coffee is more than a delicious drink; it is his medium. In the video above, Breach tells the team from Tumblr Storyboard how he began the art of "coffee portraiture" working in the back of a hotel kitchen. He hopes to become the "Willy Wonka of Coffee," that is, someone who aims to take the pretense out of what should be a fun experience.

Breach began by painting faces and gradually worked his way up to more intricate designs. The end result, he says, is more personal: "This doesn't last forever. I think that's what makes it special ... I just painted it for that person to see."

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Via Vimeo Staff Picks.

Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

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